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Knots For Whitewater

If you are using ropes on the water then there a number of knots that you really should know. This edit from Jez Jezz gives a run through the basics and possible applications.

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Knots For Whitewater
Jez – Knots For Whitewater
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Rolling Inside And Out

Check out this great edit from Plas y Brenin.

Rolling Inside And Out

Have you got your roll working indoors, but always go swimming when you try outside?

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How To Run Rapids Using Cross Current Speed

In this video the Aquabatics Calgary team explain and demonstrate how to ‘get off the freight train’ of running rapids.

This tutorial highlights how to use cross current speed in rapids to start catching and tagging eddies to slow downstream momentum and to give more control and create time.

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Swimming In Moving Water With Chris Brain

If you spend time on or around water at some point you will take a swim.  Check out this great edit form Chris Brain and the guys from Palm Equipment on how to do it right.

Now this doesn’t mean that Chris swims a lot, simply that Chris knows the right way to do it.

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River Signals

River Signals

River signals are key to good communication on the water. But it’s important that the whole crew use and understand the same set of signals.

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How To Tailee With Bren Orton

How to Tailee with Bren Orton

There are a lot of names to this trick such as the stern squirt, the squirt, the pirouette and the whooppie. But if you watch this video you are now only allowed to call it the Tailee from now on.

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Eric Jackson – Super Clean Cartwheel

Learn to super clean cartwheel with Eric Jackson.

Super Clean Cartwheel

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Eric Jackson Teaches Whitewater Kayaking – The Bow Pirouette

Eric Jackson Teaches Whitewater Kayaking – the Bow Pirouette. Although used as a little bit of a promo for the new MixMaster this is great instructional edit showing the steps needed to pull a bow pirouette.

bow pirouette

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The Problem With Bomb Proof Rolls

The Problem With Bomb Proof Rolls – I think instructors who perpetuate the concept of a “bomb-proof” roll do their students a disservice.

First of all, there really is no such thing as a “bomb-proof” roll. The term alludes to a roll that’s so reliable, and so fine-tuned, that it never fails. That’s misleading and unrealistic. Every experienced instructor knows that given sufficient “conditions”, everyone eventually bails and swims – and in fact, the best paddlers I know have all taken swims at one time or another.

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Why They Are Called Thighhooks Not Kneehooks

Why they are called thighhooks not kneehooks

The concept is that when rolling, riverrunning, or playboating (cartwheels, stern squirts, etc.) The upper body leads and rotates the lower at the hips.

Why They Are Called Thighhooks Not Kneehooks

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Whitewater Leadership

Good friend of Unsponsored Chris Wing has launched his new series of edits on the topic of Whitewater Leadership.

Whitewater Leadership

The first three edits including the trailer are shown below and are well worth the watch.

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EFFECTive River Running Tactics

Looking back on my introduction to paddling on moving water, the extent of my tactical knowledge was based purely on ‘looking where I wanted to go’, developing my technical skills and progressing onto more difficult rivers. This approach soon put me in positions looking at eddies I want to be in as I flew past them! As technical proficiency and just ‘looking where I wanted to go’ wasn’t always getting me where I wanted to be, something had to change, it was time to develop my river running tactics!

EFFECTive River Running Tactics

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